Latin@’s belong to a rich intellectual tradition made up of compelling historical and literary narratives. Some will see themselves in these stories, others will grow in kinship with their neighbors. All students deserve the opportunity to learn from these accounts and the Latin@ legacy of struggle and strength.
Acero Schools gathered partners to create, critique and offer up inquiries incorporating best available learning science, patterned after Latin@ studies.
Curriculum designers from Acero Schools recognize the C3 framework as an extraordinary opportunity to create relevant curriculum materials for their predominantly Latin@ student body. The Inquiry Design Model opens up new space in the classroom for students to ask questions relevant to them and for their home and community based knowledge to lead to answers. With Acero, national thought leaders at the Highlander Institute, Summit Learning and the Department of Latin American & Latino Studies at Loyola University Chicago formed a community around this important idea. These like-minded partners contributed resources, time, and expertise towards the creation of the collection of inquiries that uniquely address learning needs in their communities. The first of these inquiries is available below. Stay tuned for more inquiries to come!
The Latino/Latina experience has been one of struggle for power from colonization to present participation in U.S politics. When does presence and cultural influence translate into political power? This unit study will explore how missionary and imperial forces used violence to assert power over indigenous peoples in Latin America, and conversely how individuals used their voices to advocate for justice.
The theme of nonviolent resistance and agency will be explored in advocacy, cultural influence and political power. Students will develop an understanding of the different ways that people move from oppression to power and representation over the course of time, as well as the forces that can undermine that trajectory.
Download the Inquiry HERE